The British mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe can be released from prison in Iran as part of a prison exchange, says the country's foreign minister.
- Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said he has the authority to set up an & # 39; exchange & # 39; to establish
- Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe sentenced to five years in prison on the basis of a prison sentence in 2016
- The 39-year-old was arrested at Tehran airport when she returned to Britain
Iranian Foreign Minister has suggested that charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe can be released as part of a prison exchange.
The Anglo-Iranian mother was sentenced to five years in prison after being accused of espionage by the Islamic regime of Tehran, an indictment she strongly denies.
Javad Zarif said he has the authority to do an & # 39; exchange & # 39; , adding that the United States government knew that Iran wanted to make an exchange six months ago.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has suggested that charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe can be released as part of a prison exchange
Zarif said at the Asia Society: & We have an Iranian woman in Australia who has had a child in prison, not even on bail, in prison, on an extradition request from the United States because she was responsible as a translator in one, whatever, in a purchasing operation – purchase – of a number of transmission equipment for the Iranian broadcaster.
& # 39; That's her load. She has been in an Australian prison for three years. Now we hear about Nazanin Zaghari (Ratcliffe) and her child, and I feel sorry for them and I did my best to help, but no one is talking about this woman in Australia who gave birth to a child in prison whose child growing up in prison prison with mother in prison.
& # 39; What can I do as Foreign Minister? And I have publicly put this offer on the table. Replace them.
& # 39; All these people who are in prison, in the United States, at the request of extradition from the United States – we think their charges are unreal.
& # 39; The United States believes that the charges against these people in Iran are fake. Nice. Let us not discuss that. Let's trade.
& # 39; I am ready to do it. And I have the authority to do it. We told the United States government six months ago that we are ready – no answer yet.
& # 39; If they tell you anything else, they lie, & # 39; he added.
A video of Mr. Zarif in conversation with the chairman of the Asia Society and CEO Josette Sheeran is posted on the website of the organization.
Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested on April 3, 2016 with her daughter Gabriella at Tehran & Imam Khomeini Airport when she was preparing for a plane back to the UK after visiting family
Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested on April 3, 2016 with her daughter Gabriella at Tehran & Imam Khomeini Airport when she was preparing for a plane back to the UK after visiting relatives.
The 40-year-old is serving a five-year prison sentence in Tehran's infamous Evin prison.
The trial by a revolutionary court in Tehran was widely condemned as unfair and she strongly denied the charges against her.
Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt granted diplomatic protection to Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe last month.
The 40-year-old is serving a five-year prison sentence in Tehran's infamous Evin prison
But Tehran refuses to recognize her dual nationality and said the British actions were illegal.
Mr. Hunt met Mr. Zarif last September and wrote on Twitter: & # 39; I insisted on prompt resolution of all our bilateral consular affairs, including Nazanin. NOT acceptable to arbitrarily detain innocent people at the expense of huge human fears. & # 39;
Prime Minister Theresa May has also told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that she & # 39; have serious concerns & # 39; on the detention of Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe.